wagga - Perhaps you should post a Whitney hike invitation to Jessica in response to her most recent blog post about backpacking -- see if she takes the bait. I would be surprised if she did, but stranger things have happened.

If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracle of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.
- Lyndon Johnson, on signing the Wilderness Act into law (1964)